Li'l Nib was brave the whole time, knowing I'd protect him from bears, bison, and bugs:
We also saw a few birds! Lifer Western Wood-pewee!
I wasn't sure on this ID but just got an email confirming from some local guys, so WOW! Note the dusky sides, the lack of eyering.
Also present at the campground: Mountain Bluebird!
There was also this little flycatcher:
In the morning of Day 9, we had breakfast and kept hearing a high-pitched trilling noise and seeing hummingbirds racing through the air. The trilling gave them away: Broad-tailed Hummingbirds! The bird Gretchen and I had waited and waited to see in Texas in February! Turns out they were hitting some feeders at Moose Junction at the Dornan's cabins office:
While I was busy snapping photos of this male, an unexpected visitor showed up to nibble (gobble) on the cottonwoods!
We visited the Chapel of the Transfiguration to get a photo for a friend:
We went up to the lakes and walked a little at Jenny Lake:
We headed north after that, out of the park, and toward Yellowstone. Not a lot of birding happened at Yellowstone, but I did get photos of a Violet-green Swallow -- LIFER!
Of course we saw Old Faithful, which was kind enough to erupt within five minutes of our arrival:
Here's Nib and I at the sign:
Once at Yellowstone, we took the lower loop and went west/northwest, arriving at the Midway Geyser Basin. In a word, BEAUTIFUL:
The Grand Prismatic Pool:
Just an amazing place; steamy and beautiful and mind-boggling. So much heat!
Then we went to the Great Fountain Geyser, which we waited on for an hour:
Nearby Fountain Paint Pot, which erupted in the distance three times while we waited for the above geyser.
The whole time, I was wanting to see bubbling mud pools and smell sulphur! My prayers were answered when we hit the Artists' Paint Pots area:
Amazing! Check out this video of a mud pot:
After this geology and vulcanology lesson, we drove out of the east exit of the park. By now it was getting late in the afternoon, and certain mammals were getting really active!